Bonsai, a infection with no cure

2 years ago Nebby 0
Source: Tony Tickle Bonsai Blog. I know exactly when it started, a guy that gave me a little oak tree that he had grown from an acorn, unbeknown to me I had been infected with a condition that would take over my life. I bumped into him a few years ago and he saw that Read More

Before & After Bonsai – A Remarkable 7 Year Transformation

2 years ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Before and after of one Harry Harrington’s famous privets. Here’s Harry’s caption… “For completion, the large Privet bonsai defoliated, wood-hardened and re-styled last month, now back in leaf and ready to live out its days with its new owner near Birmingham (U.K.). Seen here in 2010 after I was given the Read More

Que Hermoso Bonsai!

2 years ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. I believe this pine (variety unidentified) belongs to Pavel Slovák (see below for links). I assume it’s yamadori (bonsai collected from the wild) and the lower trunk’s curve is the result of countless years of snow load. Monday morning, so we’ll make it quick with a one tree post. I found it Read More

A Bonsai Artist on a Mission

2 years ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This rugged beauty with its luminous fall foliage is a Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia). Like most of the photos shown here, it’s from Harry Harrington’s bonsai4me website It has been a while since we visited our friend Harry Harrington, a bonsai artist on a mission to style ten thousand bonsai in one lifetime (or so it Read More

New Apprentice at Crataegus: Jarryd Bailey

2 years ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. In the summer of 2016 a visitor from Tasmania dropped into our studio for a visit. He spent a few hours with us, and asked if by chance there were any openings in classes the next couple weeks. As it happened, there was an unexpected opening and we were able to Read More

Three Magnificent Trees & the 6th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition

2 years ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Bill Valavanis air layered these three Koto Hima Japanese maples from the same tree back in 1986. A couple things happened when I discovered the photos above on Bill Valavanis’ timeline. First, I was impressed with the trees and their history and thought you might enjoy them, and second… I realized that it’s time to remind Read More

Growing Ficus from roots

2 years ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Hunk Blog. One method to propagate new plants is from root cuttings. These are heavy pieces of root that are cut off during the potting or re-poting process. Select a root that shows some nice movment and plant the lower end into bonsai soil. Leave 1-6″ of the top of the root exposed. Read More

A Brilliant Before & After Bonsai from Humble Beginnings…

2 years ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Before and after Japanese maple. Another magical transformation by Suthin. We’ve been enjoying some excellent before and after transformations lately. Particularly ones by our friend Suthin Sukosolvisit, one of our most prolific and brilliant North American bonsai artists (Suthin is originally from Thailand, but he has been here long enough to to have American children and grandchildren, so I Read More

Messages from Our National Bonsai Treasure

2 years ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. John Naka’s famous Pomegranate (Punica granatum) has been in training since 1963. It was donated to the North American Collection at the U.S. National Bonsai & Penjing Museum by Alice Naka in 1990. There’s something about a quality bonsai displayed with a beautiful scroll. Our thanks to Alexander Voorhies for this and the Read More